Jan 14, 2013 3:00am PST
with some politics, i'm struck when you talk about republicans as they. i know you insist despite voting for president obama twice now that you're still a republican. but as i go through your record on some social issues and even foreign policy issues i challenge to you say on what basis are you still a republican? do you feel like this republican party has left you or have you left it? >> i think the republican party right now is having an identity problem. and i'm still a republican. i'm a republican who grew up along with george bush xli. i grew up with ronald reagan, cap weinberger, frank carlucci that republican party, the problemen party of dick lugar and john tower. but in recent years, there's been a significant shift to the right and we have seen what that shift has produced, two losing presidential campaigns. i think what the republican party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country is changed. the country is changing demo graphically. if the republican party does not change along with that demographic, they are going to be in trouble.
Jan 14, 2013 12:00am PST
, everybody's talking about what kind of approach is obama going to take this second term. is he going to be conciliatory? or is he going to be mr. tough guy? >> he wants to get things done by being tough and even confrontation. in the first term he tried to change the tone of washington as the outcider, sort of by a combination of aloofness and steady thought. now it's in your face. and he's going to be that way with joe biden at his side. because this is how he validates his presidency. things like heal care have to be implemented. things like gun laws and so forth have to be passed. he's decided that the way to get it done is to confront the republican party which is in a weakened state right now. chris: if he hits them hard, charles krauthammer said he's doing this not just to get his goals achieved but to crack the other party. to force them to choose and take the suburbanites as i said in the opening and force them to sit at the side where the hard right or somewhere in the center. crack them. do you think he's up to that, too? >> i agree with howard -- what howard said and i agr
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hasting's book at the 2012 campaign coming out this week. talk about that. any relation with the president understanding the digital world as well as he does? >> really it was op for tunistic, in that he was covering the obama campaign for us and doing amazing work and having an incredible romp. we discovered reading the book that we may have paid for him to drink out of mini bars and, you know, or not just destroy mini bars and like five different hotel on the campaign trail, which, you know, was an entertaining reading. >> good story. >> and because these information-based industries li publishing, entertainment, news, are increasingly moving online and increasingly becoming social, it felt like a great first step to say let's take a book from one of our writers who is doing great work and release it online and promote the book in a way that works for the social web and for the readers that are reading on their kindles and their ipads. >> really great stuff. we will continue following. thank you very much, gentlemen. buzzfeed, we love it and thank you for joining us today. ben smith and